On Display

On Display - March 2015


The Grahamstown Training College Archive Collection was deposited in the Cory Library in 1976/7 by the last Principal, Mrs BA Wright (nee Pilson), after the final closure of this educational institution in 1975.

The history of "TC" as it was affectionately known by generations of students, is inextricably linked to the Sisters of the Community of the Resurrection of our Lord, most especially to the College founder, Mother Cecile. It was she who obtained permission from the Cape Department of Education to start the 'Grahamstown Training School' in 1894, with a total of 8 pupil-teachers and a staff of 4.

From such humble beginnings the College grew to provide roughly 8000 teachers for Southern Africa and beyond, in the 81 years of its existence.

The collection contains a range of official papers and correspondence, admission registers and mark schedules, photographs, books and pamphlets, as well as memorabilia donated subsequently by past students of the Grahamstown Training College.


Sources in the Cory Library on the display are:

a) Copy of Instructions from Education Department, Cape Town, in letter dated 20th June 1957. Admission of students to Training Colleges. (our Cory Ref. MS 16 265)
b) List of names of 1st year students enrolled 1961 at the Grahamstown Training College (our Cory Ref. MS 16 265)
c) Suggested syllabus of examinations for technical pupils and student-assistants in the subjects of laundry work, needlework and cookery. (our Cory Ref. MS 16 182)
d) Teaching practice in Home Towns. Notes for students. (our Cory Ref. MS 16 174)
e) Notes for staff re July teaching practice 1962 procedure. (our Cory Ref. MS 16 174)
f) Canterbury House photo album (our Cory Ref. MS 16 166)

Other useful material in Cory Library:

a) Lincoln House photo album (our Cory Ref. MS 16 176)
b) Winchester House photo album (our Cory Ref. MS 16 163)
c) Founder's day at the G.T.C. the commemoration service recorded in the Chapel of St Mary and All the Angels. (our Cory Ref. REC 1)
d) Grahamstown Training College Magazines

Some other information can be found on our Cory Library Catalogue online by doing a search - GRAHAMSTOWN TRAINING COLLEGE. - There might be some entries not yet available online but only in the card catalogue.


February 2015


isiXhosa izincwadi (Xhosa literature)

Cory Library has a small collection of Xhosa literature. This ranges from 'teach yourself Xhosa' to isiXhosa readers for pre-schoolers, as well as Bibles, dictionaries, newspapers, poetry, music sheets and novels.

Sources in the Cory Library on display are:

(a) Incwadi Yezibalo ezingcwele (Xhosa Bible). 1951
(b) Nkosi Sikelel' I Afrika / by Enoch Sontonga (music sheet with words). 1934.
(c) Ibali lamaMfengu and Kunganjani Kusiyiwa eKapa? / by Richard Tainton Kawa. (Facsimile edition). 2011
(d) A concise Xhosa-English dictionary / by J. McLaren and revised by W.G. Bennie. 1936
(e) Indaba. "Ukuti umpefumelo uswele ukwazi akulungile". 1864
(f) uJohn Knox Bokwe: Ibali ngobomi bakhe / by S.E.K. Mqhayi. 1972
(g) Ityala Lamawele / by S.E.K. Mqhayi. 1953


Other useful material held in Cory Library:

(a) Kitchen-Kafir Grammar & Vocabulary / by B.G. Lloyd. [Johannesburg] : Central News Agency, [1930s].
(b) Xhosa literature its past and future. 1971. (Pamphlet Box 254)
(c) Xhosa poets and poetry / by Jeff Opland. 1998. (896.3985 OPL)
(d) The life and work of Benjamin Tyamzashe / by D.D. Hansen. 1968
(e) The whiteman's placenames and their xhosa equivalents / compiled by CJ Skead. 2001
(f) Intlalo KaXhosa / by T.B. Soga. 1989
(g) Amanqakwana ngeminombo yezizwe zaswe-mbo / by KK Ncwana. 1953
(h) Imvo Zabantsundu. 1884-1955. (MIC 193)
(i) Umthunywa. July 1937-July 1966. (MIC 306)


Useful online links:

(1) http://www.wildcoast.co.za/xhosa-phrasebook

(2) http://oulitnet.co.za/isikhundla/previous.asp



Lovedale Missionary Institution was founded in 1841 by the Glasgow Missionary Society as a place for higher education for Africans. Lovedale was named in honour of Rev. Dr. John Love, the first Chairman of the Glasgow Missionary Society. In its first hundred years, Lovedale went through only four principals: Rev. William Govan (1841-1870), Rev. Dr. James Stewart (1870-1905), Rev. Dr. James Henderson (1906-1930), and Rev. Dr. Arthur West Wilkie (1932-1942), Robert H.W. Shepherd (1942-1955), author of Lovedale South Africa: the story of a century, 1841-1941, became the fifth principal in 1942.

One of Lovedale's famous alumni is John Knox Bokwe (1855-1922), a celebrated Xhosa hymn writer, and biographer of Ntsikana.




 2014 Displays


We see them, we drive them and we look after them, these are our motor car. The automobile industry has played an important role in the social and economic history of the Eastern Cape, although this display is about the first years of introduction of the motor car in South Africa, especially in the Eastern Cape.

The first motor-car arriving at Port Elizabeth harbour was a Benz 'Velo' imported by Mr J.P. Hess. The car was introduced to South Africa on Monday, 4 January 1897.

The second petrol driven vehicle arrived in October 1898. The machine was bought by Alfred Theodore Hennessy.

Frank Herbert Galpin of Grahamstown imported a Winton made in America in 1901, which was the town's first automobile.

In the year 1911, mail was transported by motor car for the first time. By 1919 the postal motor car service had been expanded to 73 cars and after this, motor transport was used so regularly that no special mention was made of it in the Postmaster General's reports.

One of the first recorded accidents in a motor car occurred when Charles Garlick was driving his father's car accompanied by his friend and chauffeur. Driving through the open barriers of the Maitland level crossing they realised too late that the further barrier was down. They were struck by the Johannesburg Express, but survived.


Sources in the Cory Library on the display are:

(a) Early motoring in South Africa / R.H. Johnston
(b) Road and motor laws of the Cape Province / issued by Royal Automobile Club of South Africa.
(c) Automobile club of South Africa: Official handbook.
(d) Port Elizabeth Automobile club: Official road and handbook 1919-20.
(e) View of C.J. Venter, in a motor car [ca 1905] - PIC 4606.
(f) Two cars registration 'CF' at Grahamstown in 1925 - PIC 3357.

Other useful material held in Cory Library:

(a) Welfit Oddy: 100 years in South Africa. 1892-1992.
(b) The Port Elizabeth Automobile club: Official road and handbook 1927-28.

A useful online link:

(1) http://www.dyna.co.za/cars.htm





As we as South Africans celebrate woman's month, I decided on the title "Remarkable women in the Eastern Cape"

In history the Eastern Cape provide strong women and women of all races.

Olive Schreiner, the lady who fight for equal rights with men in South Africa. She was born on 24 March 1855 and died at the age of 65 in December 1920. The latest Van Riebeeck Society II 45 is "The World's Great Question: Olive Schreiner's South African Letters 1889-1920".

Helen Martins, the well-known sculptor of Nieu Bethesda. A book on her life has been put up on display. "This is my world: the life of Helen Martins, creator of the Owl House".

I found a few sources in the Cory Library which I put up on the display. These are:

a) The Women's directory. 1995. A special directory produced by Femina in Association with Old Mutual. (Pamphlet box 94).
b) Lipman, Beata. 1984. We make freedom: women in South Africa. (Cory ref. 305.4 LIP).
c) Lessing, Margaret. South African women today (Cory ref. 305.4 SOU).
d) Du Preez Bezdrob. 2003. Winnie Mandela: a life. (Cory ref. 323.168 MAN).
e) Pressly, Donwald. 2013. Owning the future: Lindiwe Mazibuko and the changing face of the DA. (Cory ref. 323.168 MAZ/PRE).
f) Ross, Susan Imrie. 1997. This is my world: the life of Helen Martins, creator of the owl house. (Cory ref. 759.968 MAR/ROS).

Other useful material held in Cory Library:

a) South African women on the move. (Cory ref. 323.34 SOU).
b) Dodson, Belinda. 1998. Women on the move: gender and cross-border migration to South Africa. (Cory ref. Pamphlet box 187).
c) Goonam, Dr. G. 1991. Coolie doctor: an autobiography.

Useful online links that was found:





Shipwrecks are always fascinating to people of different ages and back grounds. As part of Cory Library focus on Eastern Cape, a display of "Shipwrecks around the coast of the Eastern Cape" is currently on view in Cory Library. In June we celebrate bothe Environmental day and World Ocean day.

I found a few sources in the Cory Library which I put up on the display. These are:

a)  The Bay of lost cargoes.  The shipwrecks of Algoa Bay and St Francis Bay on the East Coast of South Africa / Warren F. Morris
b)  The loss of the ship Hercules 16 June 1796 / Benjamin Stout
c)  Skipbreuke aan ons kus / C.T. Potgieter

Other useful material held in Cory Library especially around Algoa Bay:

a)  Shipwrecks in and off the coast of southern Africa: a catalogue and index / compiled by R.F. Kennedy
b)  Algoa Bay in the age of sail (1488 to 1917): a maritime story / Colin Urquhart
c)  The Bay of lost cargoes: being a record of the shipwrecks of Algoa Bay, from Cape Recife eastwards to Cape Padrone and west to Cape St Francis / compiled, edited and published by Warren F. Morris
d)  Even the cows were amazed: shipwreck survivors in South-East Africa, 1522-1782 / Gillian Vernon

Useful online links that was found:

a)  www.southafrica.net/za/en/article-southafrica.net-wreck-of-the-sacramento

b)  www.south-africa.greatestdivesites.com/port_elizabeth/haerlem_wreck

c)  sahistory.org.za/cultural-heritage-religion/maritime-history-and-heritage-shipwrecks

d)  www.portelizabethtimes.blogspot.com/2008/10/algoa-bay-port-elizabeth.html



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Grocott's Mail

Grocott’s Mail was established in the early part of the nineteenth century and is one of the few independent newspapers left in South Africa. It serves the community in Grahamstown and East Rini.

Grocott’s Mail is the oldest surviving independent newspaper in South Africa. Founded in 1870 (but incorporating the Grahamstown Journal which was founded in 1831), the bi-weekly has survived Apartheid, fast changing technology and a weak Eastern Cape economy and is today, the only newspaper that is published in Grahamstown, home city of Rhodes University. 

Grocott’s Mail was recently acquired by a Rhodes University-linked company, but its new owners are determined that it remains a community paper with readers and advertisers across town, township, campus and countryside.

About The Digital Edition

The digital edition of Grocott's Mail is staffed and operated by the New Media Lab at the Rhodes University School of Journalism & Media Studies. The management and production of this web site is done by a group of students enrolled in the new media specialisation as part of their Bachelor of Journalism.

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